Monday, February 13, 2012

Tests confirm bird flu not behind pigeon deaths, India

SHILLONG: Clinical tests on dead pigeons in this hill town have shown that the mysterious bird deaths were not due to avian flu. A veterinary department official said that the authorities have given the "all-clear signal" and there is no reason for people to panic.

D Lyngwa, Meghalaya's animal husbandry and veterinary director, said: "The blood samples of the pigeons which were sent for tests at Assam-based Regional Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (RRDL) have come out negative for bird flu".

On Friday, authorities sent blood samples of three dead pigeons after over a hundred birds were found dead at Keating Road in the heart of Shillong. "There is nothing to panic about and people can consume poultry products and chicken in the city without any fear," Lyngwa said.

As the precise reason for the unusual death of the pigeons is not known, further tests will be conducted to find out the real cause. "More tests would take place to confirm the exact cause of deaths of the pigeons and the results are due next week," Lyngwa said. Read More